Soon after arrival in Robertson Bay an autumn storm provided a sample of what the party would experience in winter. Unloading was made difficult by the heavy surf and Colbeck noted the ship's boats went ashore by means of a line. "When within twenty feet (6 m) of the beach, boxes were thrown overboard and the surf allowed to wash them within reach of the staff." The first night the dogs and the two Finns slept ashore and the next morning after a good breakfast of cognac, salmon, tongue and biscuits, and inspite of unsettled weather, the unloading of stores and erection of the huts got underway. On 2 March, the Duke of York's flag was erected near the huts and the ship departed.

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